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The Night Owl - Sunday Night

Oh boy, where to begin?

At the beginning of the night we finally saw Brittany complete her 2,400 goals with a few hours left to spare.  There was a quick celebration where everyone ran around cheering and she jumped in the pool, but shortly after that she went to bed.

After Brittany went to bed, the fun really began.  Cody had been a little wishy washy all day on the fact that he doesn't really want to put up Donny as the replacement nominee in the morning and he is mad at Caleb over the Amber thing and because he took the $5k instead of the veto and put him in a crappy position.  Cody had also been talking to Amber and Brittany who he seems to have soft spots for, so he had been pondering all day about what he really wanted to do. Ultimately after talking to Derrick and his other alliance members, he was reminded that for them, Brittany must go.

However..that was just the beginning...

Somehow Zach ended up in the hammock with Hayden talking to Donny.  Donny has been kind of pushing the idea of putting up Caleb and keeping Brittany for the last few days, and he started to really talk about it to Zach and Hayden.  He said that he is not in an alliance with Brittany but felt like Caleb was more of threat etc.. and he also talked about how he felt like nobody could get Cody alone to talk to him because Derrick was up there controlling the nominations like he has for almost every HOH.  Donny also said he would ride up there on the block if he needed to, but that he really didn't want to. Zach and Hayden agreed with him for outward appearances, but apparently Zach took some of what he was saying to heart because he revved himself up and off he went..

The first stop was to talk to Nicole in the hammock about what she thought about keeping Brittany and sending Caleb home.  Nicole explained to Zach that Brittany had made clear that Nicole and Christine were targets of hers, and had also continuously said that Zach was a target for her and that he didn't deserve to be there.  She circle talked him for a few minutes, but none of it was really taken to heart.

The next stop on his mission was the HOH room where Derrick, Cody, and Frankie were talking.  Zach told them "no offense, and I don't mean anything by this, but I kind of want to talk to Cody alone."  That was obviously a no go with Derrick who told him to just spit it out and say whatever he had to say. So Zach started his plea for "why don't we just put Caleb up so we don't have to nominate Donny." Meanwhile, Nicole was telling Christine that Zach was trying to flip the house, so she and Christine immediately headed for the HOH room and things started to get a little heated.   Nicole and Christine both got loud about the fact that they needed Brittany to be the one to go home no matter what.

Zach made some really good points about how Caleb leaving would be better for Cody's game because Caleb is after Cody and Brittany isn't.  He also said that they didn't know for sure that Donny was working with Brittany, Amber, and Jocasta.  Derrick and Cody heard Zach out, but Derrick also relatively loudly and somewhat sarcastically explained to Zach that what was better for the alliance and better for him was for Brittany to go home because she is after members of their alliance for sure..especially him, and Caleb can be kind of swayed and controlled for now and probably wouldn't put any of them up.

A conversation that I missed, or that may not have been shown on the feeds that also fueled this was apparently Caleb telling Amber that Zach had been talking shit about her, and then Zach somehow catching wind from Caleb that the two of them might be after him as well.  I can't confirm that converstion since I didn't see it happen. I just heard Frankie and several others talking about it later.

While kind of arguing with Derrick, Nicole, and Christine, Zach went into "I don't care if I go up on the block" mode and then things really started to get louder.  He said he wasn't afraid of going up on the block and going home like the rest of them were, to which Derrick countered that HE cares, because Zach is part of their alliance, someone who won't put them up, and a number for them in votes, and if he goes, they lose a number.  The whole thing was broken up when Amber decided to enter the HOH room and Zach went away..only a little mad.

After Zach went downstairs, Derrick went almost immediately to go find him.  They talked by the pool for a little while and Derrick tried to get his point across more.  Zach sort of nodded and agreed with some of it, but continued to push that he thought it was selfish for them to just go after Brittany when it might be better for Cody's game if they went after Caleb.

Caleb almost immediately broke up this conversation before Derrick could completely diffuse it, and Zach went off to talk to Nicole on the couches.

Nicole immediately went into defensive mode where she started telling Zach he can't be mad at her for wanting to get out Brittany when Brittany is coming after her.  She got stuck on this "you called us selfish thing" thing and didn't let go of it for the rest of the night.

Zach then went and talked to Frankie in the storage room about what he thought about the whole thing.  Frankie told him that he just thinks he is a lunatic, but he loves him anyway etc.. etc..

While the Frankie and Zach talk was going on, Nicole ran to Hayden to fill him in on what happened, or more accurately, whine to him about being called selfish.  She looped this selfish thing over and over and over and over.  Hayden told Nicole that he saw Zach's points and that it wold actually be great to get Caleb out of the house, but that it just doesn't make sense to do it this week since keeping Brittany would be dangerous for all of them.

After that, Hayden went up to the HOH room to talk with Derrick and Cody and the re-tells and talks about Zach began both in the HOH and all over the house.  While Hayden was in the HOH room he asked if there was any way they could put Caleb up instead of Donny and either still make sure Brittany goes home, or take a shot at sending Caleb home.  Derrick went over the scenarios again with him and explained why it just wouldn't be smart, and eventually Hayden agreed with him.  There was also a lot of anti-Zach/Zach is a loose cannon talk both in the HOH and through the rest of the house. 

The game talk between them was again bombed by Amber who decided to come up and plop down and talk about how she doesn't like hearing that Zach is talking shit about her.

For a while there was just a lot of re-tells of the HOH incident and a lot of talking about Zach and not trusting him etc. etc..

Then Zach reappeared and just when I thought things were calming down, here we go again...

Zach started talking to Frankie, Christine, and Hayden in the hammock about game.  He started talking about how he feels like maybe he shouldn't have said anything and that it was probably a bad idea.  Then he said that he was really just trying to figure out the easiest way to get himself sent home next week because he was really homesick.  Christine, Frankie, and Hayden all tried to talk him down from the ledge and tell him he goes through these days (which he does sometimes). He agreed that maybe he was just having a bad day and that things would be better tomorrow.

No sooner did things start to seem normal, then Zach got the crazy idea to try to get himself nominated THIS week.  He started talking to Hayden, Christine, and Frankie about the idea of getting Cody to nominate him, act like he is pissed off, and still stay in the house.  His logic was that if Cody nominated him, maybe it would take some of the target off of their alliance and himself because everyone is speculating about the guys working together, and especially Cody and Zach.  He felt like getting Cody to nominate him would throw people off.  Christine and Frankie told him it wasn't a bad idea, while Hayden removed himself from being any part of it, So off Zach went to the HOH room to pitch his idea to Cody.

Cody and Derrick were in the HOH room talking about the fact that they have to nominate Donny when Zach came in and started pitching the idea of Cody nominating him.  The conversation went on for quite a few minutes, but Cody never really wavered away from "No way! I am NOT doing that!"  Derrick explained to Zach that it was sort of a good idea, but would have monstrous repercussions if it was found out that they were fake fighting and the nomination was a planned gimmick.  Zach left the room telling them to "just think about it."

After Zach left the room, Derrick started talking to Cody about what they were going to have to do about Zach.  They both speculated that he was some kind of saboteur, or at least getting paid to get himself put on the block or something.  But their game talk didn't last long because Brittany decided to get up and drag herself up to the HOH room to soak in the HOH tub.

Meanwhile at the hammock downstairs, Frankie and Christine finally started to calm Zach down from hurricane status to tropical storm, and eventually down to just a little drizzle. 

While Zach status was being downgraded, Hayden and Nicole actually became the showmance that CBS has been pushing for this whole season.  They actually started to make out this time.  The interesting, or possibly kind of disgusting part of the whole thing was that Nicole avoided all his advances until today when several people commented about his lack of showering and how dirty he was and even that he smelled.

At this point, most everyone is still in/around the kitchen area except for a few like Cody, Donny, and Nicole who have already gone to bed.  Everyone seems to be unwinding and headed for sleep sometimes soon. I THINK the drama is over for the night.

I still expect to see Donny being the one nominated at the POV ceremony this morning, and I still think Brittany will be the one vote out on Thursday if nothing really drastic changes.  I don't know if Zach completely killed his game tonight or not.  It's very possible, but things also change from minute to minute in the house, and he may have a little time to remedy things if the large alliance still goes after Amber, Jocasta, and Caleb before they go after him.  There is also the possibility of him winning HOH so that he doesn't have to worry about his own safety this coming week.  That's what I am personally hoping for. 

This has been the most exciting night of the feeds yet for me, and I'm grateful for the fantastic little mess that is Zach.  I'm calling it a night, but will post a follow up if anyone gets worked back up or anything more drama filled happens.  As always, you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates.  Until tomorrow night...



Big Brother Season 16, Episode 12 Recap

When we last saw the Big Brother cast, they were paired up in teams and were transferring eggs through chicken wire. Tonight’s episode is bound to be jam-packed, as we will be shown the “highlights” of that competition, the reactions, nominations, and the Battle of the Block competition.

Forgive me, my friends, if tonight’s recap isn’t as thorough as usual. I’m a bit distracted tonights, as I should be in Lousiville, KY for a music festival featuring The Replacements. They are hitting the stage at the exact same moment as Big Brother starts, and my phone is bound to be going off left and right with reactions and setlist updates.

I must still laugh at CBS milking this phony plot to evict Caleb last week. There was NEVER any possibility of that happening. Oh well, let’s ignore the rest of the intro recap, and go right into the HOH competition. Honestly, this is not one of the more exciting comps to watch, let alone design. That doesn’t stop CBS from giving us diary room segments from almost the entire house describing how it works. They all “have” to win, you know, although for some of them it’s only to see their kids.

Victoria isn’t doing well, and Caleb’s “man hands” make him useless. Yeah, that’s the reason. Jocasta and Britney appear to be doing pretty well, however, with Donny and Hayden right behind them. Oh wait, Zach just told Amber he loves her. I hope Caleb didn’t hear that! Frankie and Cody say they started off just moving one egg at a time, but quickly realized they need to each be working on an egg at the same time. Really, it took you that long to figure that out?

Britney and Jocasta slow down a bit, and Frankie and Cody pass them up, with little help from Derrick’s non-stop encouragement and advice. This pisses off Donny, as he is also in Team America with Derrick.

Silly music comes on Victoria continues to drop eggs. Christine makes a comment about makeup, and the rest of the house make horrible puns about her performance. Please, knock it off.

Zach and Amber jump into the lead, with most of the house (except Victoria and Christine) right behind them. We get some more “I have to win” comments from the likes of Zach and Amber, and they do look like they’re going to win. Cody says it’s time to step it up as they go down to the final egg, and they finally place get their final egg across the fence. Cody and Frankie are the new HOH’s.

Yes, there’s a lot of footage of Frankie celebrating, and Cody claims to be wondering if Caleb could possibly be his target for the week. At the same time, Caleb and Derrick both talk about how this should be an easy week for them. Derrick adds that although the Bomb Squad is no more, the remnants of that alliance are still strong.

Zach rushes into the room to congratulate Frankie, starting off with how he wants to “bang” him. Yep, that’s a way to Frankie’s heart. Zach already knows who he thinks should go up, but wants to find out who will be the fourth nominee. Frankie doesn’t want to talk about that yet, though.

Donny and Brittany are now eating ice cream, and she tells him that she doesn’t feel safe right now. You think? She knows the “Bomb Squad still kind of exists”, which means she’ll have to go up. She starts crying, and says she “feels uncomfortable whenever somebody becomes HOH”. Donny gives her some words of encouragement, but even he says he’s worried.

Ugh, it’s the “who wants to see my HOH room” segment. You guys know my feelings on this segment, especially given that Frankie is involved. Seriously, this sucks. Plus, we get more Ariana Grande chatter. Go away.

With that useless junk over, it’s back to more game talk. Five people are in the HOH room, and Zach notes that the current combo of people in the room is kind of “funny”. Derrick doesn’t get his reference, but it’s pointed out that it’s what is left of the Bomb Squad, minus Caleb, Amber, and Devin. Wait, they don’t consider Caleb part of their alliance any more? Um, no. These five (Frankie, Cody, Christine, Derrick, and Zach) are the new alliance, and they call themselves the Detonators. Yeah, exciting.

We come back from commercials to some fluffy filler, and it’s about the hotness of Zac Effron. But it’s three guys talking about him. I don’t get it. We even get diary room talk from Cody about the hotness of this actor. Why?

Woof, thankfully that’s over. Too bad it’s replaced by Frankie screaming over getting the next Team America (Fuck Yeah!) mission. They have to push the nomination of a “physical threat” to be nominated this week. It’s completely stupid, and we talked about it last night on the Big Brother Gossip Show. Footage is shown of Frankie running off to tell Derrick, and they decide Amber is the biggest female physical threat of the house. Hmmm, Derrick says the Team America alliance is their main alliance. Tell Donny that, kids. Well, they do tell Donny about the mission, but they clearly don’t really consider him a part of their group.

It’s time for the main theme of the week - Brittany whining. She has cornered Frankie, and claims to be the “old girl” in the house. She doesn’t throw herself at Cody like the other girls, and Frankie runs right upstairs to tell him. He’s insulted that she would insinuate that he would make his nominations based on flirting. “It’s insulting.”

The next scene is Cody sitting in the kitchen with Brittany. She has been up all night (this was early morning), and she is telling him that she’s “kind of over it”. She can’t deal with the “fakeness and lies. Maybe I’m just like too old for it.” He responds with the accusation he heard from Frankie, and Brittany doesn’t deny it. This doesn’t go over well with Cody. “It’s making my nomination process a lot easier.”

There’s more adverts, and we get back to Frankie and Caleb hanging out in the HOH bed. At the same time, Amber is hanging out with Cody in the other HOH bed. She gets up and kicks the door shut, and Caleb immediately starts freaking out. Cody mentions this, and Amber tells him that he’s her best guy friend. In the diary room, Cody claims to be thinking about putting up Caleb.

Zach is now making fun of Victoria in front of a number of people. Uh oh, it’s “bedgate” time, as nobody wants to share a bed with her. The problem is that Victoria is so high maintenance, and keeps people up at night. It is silly, but was a main topic of discussion for close to 24 hours. Brittany gets especially riled up after a comment from Victoria, and pulls her aside in the bathroom. “Oh really, it’s that much of a big deal to sleep with me?”, Victoria says in the diary room.

We now see the “Nominations Today” sign on the TV, and Amber pulls Frankie into the storage room to see if she’s going up. She’s not happy when she finds out that she is going to be nominated. Frankie assures her that she’s going to be safe, and we get the stupid “no blood on my hands” line from him. Amber wants to know why she’s the pawn every time instead of Christine, or why none of the guys have to take their turn.

There’s more commercials, and we get to the nominations. Frankie and Cody both talk about their mindset (including Team America), and the house is then brought in. Cody goes first with his nominations, and they are Victoria and Brittany. He says he’s doing it “based only on not knowing where you guys are at in the game”.

After an over-dramatic flip of the head, Frankie announces Amber and Jocasta as his nominees. He pumps them both up, and says he loves them both. At the end of the day, he doesn’t really give any reasons.

Brittany is really pissed, but it’s mainly because she was compared to Victoria, who does nothing in the house. Jocasta says she’s “determined to fight in Battle of the Block”. Victoria just talks, but makes no sense.

Victoria takes Cody into a room, and tears up even though she says she doesn’t care. Cody says she’s not really a target to go, and says in the diary room that it “takes a huge toll” to make people sad.

Derrick and Frankie celebrate the Team America victory, but again they do it without their third member, Donny.

Christine is talking to Amber in the bathroom, and Amber complains how the boys never have to do their share of playing the pawn. “Why can’t any of the other guys step up?” Amber says she wants to talk to her and Nicole to ensure their safety and maybe go against the guys, and adds in the diary room that she “really trusts” Christine.

They’re joined by Jocasta and Brittany, who is still fuming about being compared to Victoria. “I’ve sacrificed everything just to be put on the block every week, and to be compared to somebody who is not even trying.” Yes, this is pretty accurate, as Brittany as whined about being “deserving” all week. The segment ends with Victoria uncomfortably walking into the bathroom.

The finale segment is the Battle of the Board, and it’s a giant chess board. They all have to move like a knight in chess, and wherever they land becomes their square that nobody else can stand on in the future. The last team standing wins.

Brittany says she has to win to “change things”, and Amber is still whining about being a pawn. Jocasta then makes the first move. It’s not exactly an exciting game, and the four girls also have no clue. Jocasta even says that her only game plan is “prayer”.

Victoria immediately begins frustrating Brittany, but it’s Jocasta who traps herself and gets knocked out first. Caleb says that he bets Amber wishes he was her “knight in shining armour”, protecting her in the game. Amber doesn’t need him, though, as Brittany is the next to be eliminated.

Then the weirdest thing happens. Out of nowhere, Jocasta’s jaw begins to shake. Her entire body quivers, and she begins speaking in tongues!!! I’m not making this up! It must have spurred on Amber, as she makes the final move that knocks out Victoria! Jocasta continue sto speak in tongues, as tar and feather is dropped on Frankie. Oh yeah, in her diary room commentary, Jocasta made it sound like she was the competition queen! She was out almost imediately!

There’s some final diary room comments as the show goes to credits, but you can probably guess what is said. It’s no different than usual.

What did you think of this episode? Were the games as underwhelming to you as they seemed to me? How about Jocasta’s antics during Battle of the Block? Let me know your thoughts!




The Night Owl - Saturday Night

Victoria won the Power of Veto!!  If you are asking yourself who that is, she's the dark haired girl that is sitting on the block next to Brittany and only comes out of her hole to do her makeup in the HOH room and cuddle inappropriately (their words, not mine) with the boys.

After the veto comp, it seems Victoria was one of the only people that was actually happy. It was the White Elephant type competition where everyone gets a prize or a punishment and when the feeds came back  Frankie was giving Zach a lecture about being happy about winning a trip to Germany and downstairs Derrick, Hayden, and a few of the other members of the 8 alliance were going in between scrambling about who to put up next to Brittany so that she will still go home, and bitching about Caleb who actually won the game but didn't take the Veto from Victoria and chose $5k instead.

Derrick first threw out Zach and Caleb's names to put up next to Brittany, but quickly realized that putting Zach up would be exactly what Amber and Brittany are pushing for and he would likely go home, and putting Caleb up and out wouldn't do their alliance as much good as sending Brittany home since she is actually coming after them.

Brittany was whining and complaining about the punishment Nicole traded her. She has to kick 2.400 soccer goals in a 24 hour period, Nicole has to wear a Germa-tard for a week, and Cody has to go kick himself in the ass with an ass kicking machine for 24 hours.

Before the punishments started there was game to be played though. Derrick, Cody, Hayden, Frankie, Zach, and Christine all in turn agreed that the had to put Donny up because he is the only person that will stay over Brittany and it's important to their game that she goes home.  They all agreed to try to do damage control for Cody who really does not want to have to put Donny on the block and make an enemy out of him.

Meanwhile downstairs Amber and Brittany had gone to work talking about how they wish they could get Zach put on the block (as he has somehow become enemy number one) so that Brittany could stay in the house. In the middle of this whole thing is caleb who seems to always go with the last thing anyone tells him.  One minute he wants to do what Amber wants to do and keep Brittany, and the next minute he is talking to Derrick about how they have to do what is good for the alliance and vote out Brittany.

Brittany eventually made her way up to the HOH to talk to Cody.  She did her sweet talking and her "feel sorry for me because I'm a single mom thing" for a while.  She also not so subtly implied that Zach is bad for Cody's game and that he needs to go, but Cody wasn't really picking up on what she was trying to say and kind of bought into it.  He didn't waver from the idea that she needed to go home though.

While she was in the HOH talking to Cody, Zach got out of the DR and after being goaded a little by Derrick, Frankie, and Nicole about how he should go break up the talk between Cody and Brittany by being an asshole, he decided to do just that.  He went into the room and started making underhanded remarks to Brittany very similar to the ones she has been making to him. He said things like "I'll definitely vote for you to stay, Brit. It's not like I'm your target or anything."  And she answered him by calling him a liar and telling him he doesn't do anything in the game except sleep all day. Nothing he (or she) said was really out of line or that bad, but it pissed Cody off anyway, and when Brittany left the HOH room he jumped on Zach and told him he was pissed at him and that he needed to treat Brittany with respect because she knows she is going home.

After most of the scrambling was done, it was punishment time.  So here's what that looked like:

Everyone gathered around outside to watch Brittany kick the ball for quite a while.  2,400 kicks may not sound like that much, but even doing it continuously she is averaging about 200 or less kicks per hour..and no one is allowed to help her by retrieving the ball.  So it's pretty brutal, and as annoyed as I am with Brittany, she is taking it pretty well.

As Brittany's punishment went on, she and Zach continued to exchange verbal blows, but nothing interesting.  Just Brittany implying that he sleeps through the game and doesn't deserve to be there, and Zach telling her he was going to hold his tongue. Eventually Zach went inside and DID go to bed while everyone else stayed outside and talked to Brittany, or in Hayden's case, stripped to entertain her.

Everything was pretty dull for a while, but then Frankie had a conversation in the HOH with Amber where apparently he kind of implied that Cody was the reason she was nominated rather than himself.  He did do some damage control on her though and explain to her that if she keeps going against the alliance and trying to create alliances with Brittany or Christine on the side, she will likely go home next week if she doesn't win HOH. 

They did get a booze delivery...but that's barely worth mentioning since apparently booze just makes these guys less interesting.  After Amber told Caleb about the Frankie convo, Caleb went to Cody and told Cody that Frankie was talking shit about him and Cody went to Zach and told him about it and said he was going to confront later on he did.

Frankie told Cody that he was just doing damage control to keep Amber from causing too much drama before they backdoor her next week, and Christine also sat in on most of the conversation and they explained to Cody that Brittany was playing a sympathy game and that you can't fall for it because it really is how she plays.  I still can't stand Frankie, but I'm glad he could at least gets that part and was able to explain it to Cody who SEEMED to understand what he was saying.

After Cody left the HOH to go back outside with Brittany and continue his own punishments, Frankie and Derrick had a talk about the votes and about the game Brittany is playing and Frankie filled him in on the Amber situation.  They also talked to Zach and explained to him how the next week should work and why he needs to play nice with Amber for now so that if she should actually win HOH, she won't put him up with another one of their alliance members.

There was some other scurrying and shit talking that went down, but most of it is inconsequential.  Nicole is really displeased with Brittany playing the sympathy card and she and Christine did a lot of talking about her and how they can't stand having to run into Amber who is defending her and feeling so sorry for her all the time. Hayden and Cody also discussed being really annoyed with Zach for treating Brittany badly.  I personally just kind of think they have no sense of humor.  I'm not sure why any of them take any of the stuff he says seriously...but I digress..

That's pretty much it. Most of them are still awake, but winding down for the night. Brittany has hit 1000 goals and is still going. Everyone else is either watching her or hanging out in the kitchen eating.  Today could go either way on the interesting factor.  I don't expect Brittany to get too revved up until after they put Donny on the block next to her, but if she and Zach keep snapping at each other the way they are going, there could be some potential chaos today.  Then again, she may get done with her 2,400 goals and just crash for 24 hours until the veto ceremony.  We shall see.  As always you guys can follow me on twitter @ashes2ashes13 for more overnight feed updates.  Until tomorrow night....


Big Brother Gossip Show #405: Victor Victoria

What started off as a boring week turned into quite an intriguing weekend. Tonight's show discusses it all, including the shocking (and I mean shocking) victory by Victoria in the veto competition. Unfortunately, we were missing the talented Colette due to illness, but Mike and I did our best to provide all of the week's pertinent info from the week.

Grab this from the usual online sources, or...


Thanks to Mike for helping me out tonight, and for Ash with her hard work in providing the clips. And, most importantly, get well soon, Colette!!!



More Info On Devin Shepherd's Baseball Career

Earlier this season, I posted some info on Devin Shepherd's failed attempt at Major League Baseball. At the same time, Ed at TV Fishbowl dug up some of his legal issues from that same time period. 

There were still some holes in the story, so I have continued to investigate. Earlier this week, I contacted one of his early advisors, baseball agent Joshua Kusnick (@joshuakusnick), who provided some interesting insight into this time period. "I met Devin at the age of 14 at a Perfect Game Showcase at Tropicana Field by sheer dumb luck. I stayed in touch with the family, and after he fell to the 5th round back in 2006 he blamed his first advisor and fired him. I then took over."

Kusnick agrees with my original post that the team that drafted him, the Minnesota Twins, were more than generous with their original offer. They "offered below 300k but more than 250k, and he basically spit in their faces". He moved on to college at Oklahoma, which was "the worst decision of his life. He complained he was being treated unfairly, thought the school was racist, claimed he was treated like a slave, and tried to befriend Adrian Peterson just to hang with someone famous." Kushnick adds that he doesn't believe Shephered was actually kicked off the team. "It was more of a mutual thing."

At this point, Kushnick says things got "insanely stupid. He had a full offer to the best junior college in the country, Chipola in Florida. He spurned that offer because it was too far away from his mom! That school could have made him millions. He decided to go to (Southern Nevada) where I spent the entire first week of the season there watching over him. He was coming into the season the #1 ranked junior college player in the nation. He couldn't have picked a worse program to go to (as) it was a bad fit for him as a player. They used wood bats and the field is huge. All his flaws were exposed. and hilariously the only home run he hit on the season was on the road AT Chipola, the school I told him to go to in order to get paid."

Despite his lack of success, Shepherd's confidence continued to grow. "After the first week, he went to eat with me and literally started asking me about Nike deals, baseball cards, etc., and he had not finished a week of Junior College baseball yet. I couldn't believe this kid's focus was on endorsements and fame and not baseball!"

Shepherd eventually fired Kushnick after a Vegas trip where he also scouted another player who is a current major leaguer. "I didn't spend a 100% attention on him." While Kushnick doesn't know exactly why he was suspended in 2009, he does agree there were drug issues ("not steroids") surrounding him. "He told me so directly". Kushnick adds that out of respect for his mother, he continued to keep in contact with Shepherd for awhile, but eventually he "burned countless bridges along the way. Scouts, teammates, agents, (and) teams all knew of his attitude, and his talent simply didn't match the persona. He was a BP (batting practice) hitter who thought he was the second coming of Barry Bonds."  

Besides baseball, Shepherd also had other fame-related aspirations. "His first love was modeling. (He) even wanted a modeling agent as a player." 

Kushnick concludes by saying Shepherd's life could have been completely different had he not made that fateful decision to turn down the Twins' offer. "He would have had a better life, a better shot at baseball, and would still be playing today in my opinion had he just signed. I hope for his daughter's sake he makes a good living off of this new found fame."